Humanitarian programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Activity Update - 28 January 2018

Report
from BRAC
Published on 28 Jan 2018 View Original

What you need to know today

  • A total of 688,000 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 21 January 2018)

  • BRAC's total coverage (based on sanitation) is 567,320 people with installation of 14,183 latrines. BRAC ensures access to safe water for 427,360 people through 1,312 shallow tube wells, 183 deep tube wells and two functional ring wells. 4,543 bathing cubicles were set up (20 today); especially for women and adolescent girls. A total of 8,907 latrines have been de-sludged (2 today) and made functional for reusing. 1,175 latrines have been decommissioned (2 today). A total of 55,666 hygiene sessions have been conducted (514 today).

  • 873,599 patients (8,977 today) were provided with primary health care services through BRAC’s 10 primary health care centres and 50 satellite clinics. BRAC has identified 9,010 pregnant women and helped to deliver 635 babies so far (8 today). 116,306 cases of acute respiratory infections (1,423 today) have been diagnosed and treated. BRAC has provided 40,541 sachets of micronutrient powder (310 today) and 1,167,570 calcium tablets (9,810 today) to help improve nutrition intake among children.

  • BRAC assisted the government in immunising 166,247 children during the campaign against diphtheria. BRAC's Health workers helped identify 525 potential diphtheria cases and referred for further evaluation and management. Also, the health workers undertook the task of contact tracing for the diphtheria cases and chemoprophylaxis for more than 263 FDMN patients. 279 health workers and 1,129 program staff have been trained to handle diphtheria cases, and accordingly educated 118,063 people in the settlements on diphtheria (1,442 today).

  • 214,407 blankets and 251,571 sets of clothes have been distributed; especially for the protection of children and elderly people against cold weather.

  • Some 41,544 children received recreational support (18,055 today) through 215 child friendly spaces (CFS).

  • 21,000 children have access (18,982 today) to 200 learning centres and 400 teachers have been assigned to guide them.

  • Community mobilisation volunteers have visited 71,135 households to disseminate lifesaving messages on WaSH, health, nutrition and protection. 800 volunteers and 107 staff are involved in this awareness initiative.

KEY CHALLENGES

Inadequate drainage system:

According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, due to the lack of a drainage system, stagnant water is present around a quarter (26%) of all tube wells. As for sanitation, 39% of emergency latrines installed by WASH partners, mostly at the early stage of the emergency response are dysfunctional.
According to a sanitation survey and water point survey conducted by the WASH cluster (supervised by Medecins Sans Frontières MSF in order to decommission the facilities at greatest risk), MSF, has said that living conditions for FDMN needs considerable improvement with a particular focus on water and sanitation. It also pointed out that there is an urgent need for a better response from organizations delivering healthcare services to mitigate the risk of further diseases spreading in the camps.

WHAT DO PEOPLE NEED MOST?

Shelter materials, such as high-quality tarpaulins; cold weather items, including blankets, floor mats, clothes for new born baby; fuel for stoves; water storage containers; and solar/flash lights.